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When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

After he's a baby: I recommend going without for as long as possible. Your baby doesn't need a blanket. It has been recommended to not use a blanket until 12 months of age because at 12 months the risk of sids is greatly diminished. I recommend waiting until closer to 2 years old if you want to introduce a blanket into the bed. ...Read more

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When is it safe for baby to sleep with a blanket?

When is it safe for baby to sleep with a blanket?

Physical mobility: When a kid can pull to stand in his/her crib, the chance they would suffocate in bed linen is negligible. Before then, i would consider it an invitation for trouble. Removing swaddling blankets, which are meant to help a newborn settle, should be accomplished before a month of age. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Yes: It is safe as long as it is used properly and their airway is free and clear. In other countries, babies are "worn" by a mother 24/7! ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface. ...Read more

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My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

Yes: Elevation will help her reflux. Rocking or movement might make it worse. If you are not noticing an increase in symptoms, there is no need to make changes. Most babies have some reflux. All the best. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a pillow?

When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a pillow?

No: No. Babies should not sleep with soft blankets, pillows or stuffed toys. They need a firm sleeping surface and should always be placed on their backs to sleep. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 2 mth old baby to sleep with a pacifier?

Is it safe for my 2 mth old baby to sleep with a pacifier?

Yes: Absolutely. Babies need this kind of so called non-nutritive sucking as a way to self console. They need to be able to breathe through their little noses so if they have nasal obstruction, as from a cold, it could make it hard with a pacifier in place. In this case, talk to your doc about salt water nose drops. ...Read more

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Is it safe for 2 month old baby to sleep on his side?

Is it safe for 2 month old baby to sleep on his side?

No: The crib death rate for side sleepers is almost as bad as those who sleep on their belly.Sand bags or other devices designed to position babies on their side do not work. After the kid starts to roll over, i don't roll them back. However, i put them down on their back until a year. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 2 month baby to sleep in a car seat overnight when she is at home?

Is it safe for a 2 month baby to sleep in a car seat overnight when she is at home?

Car seat: I see no reason it would be dangerous. Its a good position. Never let the baby sleep face down on a bed, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my child to sleep on a vinyl air mattress?

Is it safe for my child to sleep on a vinyl air mattress?

Yes: And depends how old. If it is a baby it is best to keep him in a play yard or crib, if it is a child who is used to a bed it should be fine as long as it does not deflate. Always put a cotton sheet on it, so you child won´t get to hot. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When they can roll: When babies can roll over, and do it well from front to back, it is safe for them to sleep on their bellies because they can push themselves over if they need. Of course, when they can roll from front to back and they go to their bellies on their own, it is beyond your control! ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Yes: I'm guessing from the question that there is a lot of anxiety about leaving your children alone in general. Children are safe to sleep alone largely from birth, as long as the crib is empty of all items and set up right. Certainly by 6 mo, the academy of pediatrics says childr en can sleep completely unsupervised. By 4 years, this is a personal and cultural decision, not a safety decision. ...Read more

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My partner is a 50 yr old male with good health that takes no medication. He has chronic sleep issues, is it safe for him to take Ambien (zolpidem) every night?

My partner is a 50 yr old male with good health that takes no medication. He has chronic sleep issues, is it safe for him to take Ambien (zolpidem) every night?

Ambien (zolpidem): Nope. Not at all. This highly addicting and dangerous medication does not provide good restorative sleep. It is something that knocks a person out but does not allow all the necessary stages of sleep. Think of the drug that killed michael jackson. The same principles apply. Ambien (zolpidem) will knock one out but cause brain disease over time given the lack of good sleep. ...Read more

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Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

No: The great wisdom of soloman was expressed in the bible after a woman had "overlain" her infant & stole a baby to replace it. Though comforting to babe (who would like to be back in the womb) or mom (who loves being a needed). The danger is the same now as then. Babies die every year from this practice. They leave the womb with great potential & can learn to sleep alone if you let them. ...Read more

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I have dowagers hump , is it safe for me to sleep on my back?

I have dowagers hump , is it safe for me to sleep on my back?

Yes: I cannot think of any problems with this although it may not be very comfortable for you. You will not break anything if you sleep on your back if that is what you are asking. If you have a large hump, this may cause your neck to sink to an excessive degree on the pillow and give you neck pain. You should make sure that your neck is level with your chest of perhaps even a little higher. ...Read more

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My 4 month baby turns on her side to sleep. Is it safe ? N is that normal?

My 4 month baby turns on her side to sleep. Is it safe ? N is that normal?

It's OK: Once a baby is able to turn themselves to one side or other in their sleep, it is considered safe to leave them in that position. It is normal, although I'd say she is a bit ahead of the norm in being able to do this. ...Read more

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Is it safe to let the baby sleep on the hairdryer sound? 2 months old baby

Is it safe to let the baby sleep on the hairdryer sound?    2 months old baby

Quiet motor sound ok: Babies will often sleep better if there is a continuous motor sound as it blocks more erratic noise, as long as it is not too loud, which could affect hearing When you refer to "on the hairdryer sound," it is not clear where you planned to put the hairdryer and I am concerned more about burns and hot air blowing, etc or whether the hairdryer will overheat and become a fire hazard. ...Read more